What a Surprise...

I posted here about how I just started reading a new book, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman. So, I'm about four chapters in and I'm loving it. I think it's the first book I've read in a long time that isn't about spiritual formation or leadership. What is it about? Well, it's kind of a collection of essays on different topics. Here's a brief summary of what Klosterman's covered so far:

Chapter 1: Our false perception of what love really is. What's to blame for messing with our minds? John Cusack movies.
Chapter 2: Post-Modernism, or art that is aware of itself as art. This is examined through the lens of The Sims.
Chapter 3: Our collective habit of viewing people through and wanting to be viewed as one dimensional labels. Way to go The Real World!
Chapter 4: Quality vs. cool, or why Billy Joel's Glass Houses is better than anything Springsteen has ever put out.

Anyway, the book is filled with amazing pop culture references and comparisons, which are right up my ally. But, in the midst of all of the talk about movies and tv shows, two sentences have made me stop and think about them for a while.

"Every relationship is fundamentally a power struggle, and the individual in power is whoever likes the other person less." Dr. Olshine told me this back in college. It's always vexed me. But it's totally true.

"...it's "lonely lonely," like the way it feels when you're being hugged by someone and it somehow makes you feel sadder." Something about the way Klosterman phrased this was so powerful to me. It immediately brought to mind two hugs that felt exactly like that.

Who would have thought that, in the middle of such a treasure trove of pop culture goodness, you could find such deep thoughts...

1 comment:

Rachel said...

Dad still tells me this..smart man that Doc